Football: Mark Yates says his Cheltenham side have to believe they can be giantkillers when Everton visit tomorrow night and insists they are not there just to enjoy the FA Cup third round experience.
David Moyes and his side of internationals head to the Cotswolds to face a side fourth in League Two in front of a 7,000 sell-out crowd in what is the first-ever competitive senior meeting between the clubs.
And Yates, whose Robins have one of the best home records in the division, is not content with thoughts of a few good memories and some positive exposure for the club.
“We won’t be going out there saying: ‘Let’s just enjoy it and let’s take a 2-0 defeat’ and be happy with that,” he said. “We will go out there having planned and prepared properly and make sure the players do all they can to make sure we give ourselves a chance. It is only 11 v 11 and yes, they are Premier League players, but you never know.
“After 60 minutes if we are 3-0 down we might not believe quite so much but right at this moment in time we have to believe we can do something. The cup has got a tradition of shocks, so why not? We want to cause a shock and we know that is a big task. But we know we have the capabilities to do it.”
For his part, Everton boss Moyes will use the memory of his first ignominious FA Cup experience with Everton as motivation for tomorrow’s match.
The Scot had been in charge at Goodison Park for 10 months when he took his side to Shrewsbury in the third round and saw former Toffees’ defender Kevin Ratcliffe, in charge of a side 80 places below in the lower reaches of the then third division, get the better of him.
Moyes has never forgotten that result and said: “I am more wary of what happened against Shrewsbury 10 years ago. We went out then so it’s happened to us in the past. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen — although we were trying to do that then as well.”